Paris every where are spread
assailing hosts of Africa and Spain.
home by Logistilla sped,
Caligorantes with his chain;
Orrilo's trunk divides the head;
Sir Aquilant had warred in vain,
bold: next Sansonet discerns,
of his lady Gryphon learns.
Conquest fruit of skill or fortune be,
always is a glorious thing.
indeed, a bloody victory
Is to a
chief less honour wont to bring;
fair field is famed eternally,
And he who
wins it merits worshipping,
from all harm his own, without
Loss to his
followers, puts the foe to rout.
earned worthy praise, when you o'erbore
The lion of
such might by sea, and so
Did by him,
where he guarded either shore
Francolino to the mouth of Po,
though yet again I heard him roar,
If you were
present, should my fear forego.
are fitly won was then made plain;
For we were
rescued, and your foemen slain.
the Paynim little skilled to do,
Who was but
daring to his proper loss;
And to the
moat impelled his meiny, who
One and all
perished in the burning fosse.
gulf had not contained the crew,
devouring those who sought to cross,
dust the flame reduced, that room
for all within the crowded tomb.
thousand warriors thither sent,
nineteen thousand in the fiery pit;
Who to the
fosse descended, ill content;
their leader willed, of little wit:
amid such a blaze, and spent
devouring flame the Christians lit.
Rodomont, occasion of their woes,
from the mighty mischief goes:
For he to
the inner bank, by foes possest,
ditch had vaulted wonderously:
within it been, among the rest,
It sure had
been his last assault. His eye
and when the wild-fires, which infest
infernal vale, he sees ascend so high,
his people's moan and dying screams,
imprecations dread he Heaven blasphemes.
a band King Agramant had brought,
To make a
fierce assault upon a gate:
the cruel battle here was fought,
many sufferers met their fate,
unprovided had he thought
fitting guard. Upon the monarch wait
Bambirago, 'mid his knights of price,
Baliverso, sink of every vice.
Corineus of Mulga, Prusion,
monarch of the blessed isles;
he who fills the throne
where a perpetual summer smiles;
noble lords, and many a one
and tried; and others 'mid their files,
base, whose hearts in martial fields
no shelter from a thousand shields.
things counter to the hopes ensue
upon his side; within,
girded by a gallant crew,
Charlemagne, with many a paladin:
Duke, King Salamon, the two
Guidos are seen,
and either Angelin;
duke, and Ganelon are here,
Avolio, Otho, and Berlinghier.
inferior count withal, a horde
Lombards, French, and Germans, without end;
one, in presence of his lord,
To rank among
the valiantest contend,
This will I
in another place record;
Who here a
mighty duke perforce attend,
to me from far, and prays that I
omit him in my history.
that I should measure back my way
where I Astolpho left of yore;
long exile, loathing more to stay,
desire to tread his native shore;
As hopes to
him had given the sober fay,
Alcina by her better lore,
all care would send the warrior back
securest and the freest track.
And thus by
her a barque is fitted out;
-- A better
galley never ploughed the sea;
Logistilla wills, for aye in doubt
hinderance from Alcina's treachery,
Andronica, with squadron stout,
Sophrosina, with him shall be,
Till to the
Arabian Sea, beneath their care,
Or to the
Persian Gulf he safe repair.
and Indian she prefers the peer
coast, and by the Nabataean reign;
after such a round, should veer
gulf, or Erithraean main,
for that Boreal palace steer,
winds aye vex the rude domain:
So ill, at
seasons, favoured by the sun,
for months together, light is none.
she all in readiness espied,
to depart the prudent fay
the duke, first fortified
counsel as to things too long to say;
And that he
might no more by charms be stayed
from whence he could not wend his way,
Him with a
useful book and fair purveyed,
for her love to wear it prayed.
should guard himself from magic cheats
instructed, which the fay bestowed;
At the end
or the beginning, where it treats
Of such, an
index and appendix showed.
gift, which in its goodly feats
gifts excelled, to her he owed;
This was a
horn, which made whatever wight
its clang betake himself to flight.
I say, the
horn is of such horrid sound,
wheresoe'er 'tis heard, all fly for fear;
Nor in the
world is one of heart so sound
not fly, should he the bugle hear.
thunder, and the shock which rives the ground,
in aught, the hideous clangour near.
did the good Englishman receive
and of the fairy took his leave.
the port and smoother waves, they stand
with favouring wind which blows astern;
(coasting) round the rich and populous land
odoriferous Ind the vessels turn,
thousand isles on either hand,
about that sea, till they discern
The land of
Thomas; here the pilot veers
tiller, and more northward steers.
furrowing that ocean hoar,
Marks, as he
coasts, the wealthy land at ease.
the whitening waters roar,
skirting now the golden Chersonese;
with Cori next, and sees
which chafes against its double shore;
distant Cochin, and with favouring wind
the boundaries of Ind.
large broad ocean, with a guide
and secure, the cavalier
Andronica, if from that side
the westering sun, of this our sphere,
with oars or canvas stemmed the tide,
sea was wonted to appear;
could a wight, who loosed from Indian strand,
France or Britain, without touching land.
to England's duke replies:
that this earth is girt about with seas,
And all to
one another yield supplies,
circling waters boil or freeze:
the Aethiops' land before us lies,
southward many long degrees.
waters, some one has supposed
here to Neptune interposed.
bark from this Levant of Ind is none
weighs, to shape her course for Europe's shore;
navigates from Europe any one,
Oriental regions to explore;
retrace alike the course begun
By the mid
land, extending wide before:
(its limits of such length appear)
must join another hemisphere.
in the course of circling years I view
farthest lands which catch the western ray,
Argonauts put forth, and Tiphys new
till now an undiscovered way.
see coast Afric, and pursue
So far the
negroes' burning shore, that they
far sign, from whence, on his return,
moves hither, leaving Capricorn;
find the limit of this length of land,
a single sea appear as two;
scouring in their frigates every strand,
and Arab isles, or Persian through:
see who leave, on either hand,
which stout Alcides cleft in two,
And in the
manner of the circling sun,
To seek new
lands and new creations run.
imperial flags and holy cross I know,
the verdant shore; see some upon
shattered barks keep guard, and others go
whom new countries will be won;
Ten chase a
thousand of the flying foe,
beyond Ind subdued by Arragon;
all, wheresoe'er the warriors wend,
fifth Charles' triumphant captains bend.
this way should be hidden was God's will
Of old, and
ere 'twas known long time should run;
Nor will he
suffer its discovery, till
and seventh century be done.
delays his purpose to fulfil,
In that he
would subject the world to one,
and most fraught with prudent lore
emperors, since Augustus, or before.
Arragon and Austria's blood I see
On the left
bank of Rhine a monarch bred;
sovereign is so famed in history,
whose goodly deeds are heard or read.
reinthroned by him will be, --
to life, long seeming dead;
with her into exile sent,
shall be recalled from banishment.
such desert, Heaven's bounty not alone
should the imperial garland bear, --
Trajan's, Mark's, Severus', crown;
But that of
every farthest land should wear,
and there extends, as yet unknown,
passage to the sun and year;
that in his time Christ's scattered sheep
one flock, beneath one Shepherd's keep.
that this be accomplished with more ease,
Writ in the
skies from all eternity,
invincible by lands and seas,
heavenly Providence to him supply.
Hernando Cortez bring, 'mid these,
under Caesar's dynasty,
kingdoms in the Orient so remote,
That we of
these in India have no note.
"With Prospero Colonna, puissant peer,
of Pescara I behold; --
A youth of
Guasto next, who render dear
the flower-de-luce of gold;
prepared to enter the career
who shall the laurel win and hold;
As a good
horse before the rest will dart,
attain the goal, though last to start.
such faith, such valour in the deeds
Alphonso (such his name) confest,
He in his
unripe age, -- nor he exceeds
and twentieth year, -- at Caesar's hest,
trust) the imperial army leads:
which, Caesar not alone the rest
Of his fair
empire saves, but may the world
with ensigns by this chief unfurled.
with these captains, where the way by land
Is free, he
spreads the ancient empire's sway,
So on the
sea, which severs Europe's strand
open to the southern day,
good Doria linked in friendly band,
he shall prove in every fray.
that Andrew Doria who will sweep
pirates, on all sides, your midland deep.
though he chased rovers everywhere,
Was not his
peer; for ill the thievish brood
by him, in puissance, could compare
most mighty realm that ever stood.
singly will of the corsair
own forces purge the briny flood:
So that I
see each continent and isle
Quake at his
name, from Calpe to the Nile.
the faith, beneath the warrantry
redoubted chief, of whom I say,
Charles enter fertile Italy,
this captain clears the monarch's way;
But on his
country, not himself, that fee
bestow, which is his labour's pay;
And beg her
freedom, where himself perchance
would to sovereign rule advance.
pious love he bears his native land
more than any battle's gain
Julius ever won on Afric's strand,
Or in thine
isle, France, Thessaly, or Spain.
Octavius does more praise command,
who jousted for the reign,
arms: in that the wrong outweighs
-- Done to
their native land -- their every praise.
these, and every other wight who tries
a free country, blush for shame,
Nor dare in
face of man to lift his eyes,
hears Andrew Doria's honoured name!
To him I
see Charles other meed supplies;
For he beside
his leaders' common claim,
upon the chief the sumptuous state,
Norman bands their power in Puglia date.
only to this captain courtesy
Charles display, still liberal of his store;
But to all
those who for the empery
emprizes have not spared their gore.
bestow a town, -- a realm -- I see,
faithful friend, rejoicing more,
And on all
such as have good service done,
Than in new
kingdom and new empire won."
Thus of the
victories, by land and main,
long course of years shall be complete,
worthy captains for their lord will gain,
did with Astolpho treat.
now loosening, tightening now, the rein
eastern winds, which blow upon their feet,
serve or that, her comrade stands;
blasts rise or sink as she commands.
they saw, as for their port they made,
the Persian sea extends to sight;
Whence in few
days the squadron was conveyed
famed gulf from ancient Magi hight;
found harbourage; and here were stayed
wandering barks, which stern to shore were dight.
danger from Alcina's wrath,
The duke by
land continued hence his path.
through many a field and forest blind,
By many a
vale and many a mountain gray;
robbers, now before and now behind,
the peer by night or open day;
dragon oft of poisonous kind,
savage monsters cross his way:
But he no
sooner has his bugle wound,
are scared and scattered by the sound.
Araby the blest he fares, where grow
myrrh, and gums odorous ooze,
sole phoenix makes her nest, although
is all before her where to choose;
And to the
avenging sea which whelmed the foe
his way the duke pursues;
King Pharaoh and his host were lost:
he to the land of heroes crost.
along Trajan's channel goes,
horse which has no earthly peer,
so lightly, that the soft sand shows
No token of
the passing cavalier;
not grass, prints not the driven snows,
dry-shod would the briny billows clear,
so nimbly in the course, he wind
thunderbolt and arrow leaves behind: --
Argalia's courser, which was born
close union of the wind and flame,
nourished not by hay or heartening corn,
Fed on pure
air, and Rabican his name.
His way the
bearer of the magic horn
where Nile received that river, came;
But ere he
at its outlet could arrive,
saw a pinnace swiftly drive.
A hermit in
the poop the bark did guide
beard descending to mid breast;
from far the Paladin be spied,
ascend his ready pinnace prest.
son, unless thou loathest life, (he cried)
that Death to-day thy course arrest,
thee in my bark to cross the water;
path conducts thee straight to slaughter.
six miles, no further, shalt thou light
the hermit) on the bloody seat,
dwells a giant, horrible to sight,
every stature by eight feet.
wayfaring man or errant knight
vainly hope with life to make retreat;
the felon quarters, some he flays,
And some he
swallows quick, and some he slays.
'mid the cruel horrors he intends,
pleasure in a net, by cunning hands
which near his mansion he extends;
concealed beneath the crumbling sands,
uninstructed thither wends,
the subtle mischief understands;
And so the
giant scares him with his cries,
within the toils in terror flies;
with loud laughter, to his seat hard by
along, enveloped in his snare;
and damsel views with equal eye,
And for his
prisoners' worth has little care.
having sucked their brains and life-blood dry,
their bones upon the desert lair;
about his griesly palace pins,
ornament, their bloody skins.
this, -- my son, oh! take this other
will to the sea in safety guide."
thank thee, holy father, for thy say,
(To him the
fearless cavalier replied)
peril against honour weigh,
than my life. To the other side
dost thou move to pass the wave;
this I seek the giant's cave.
with dishonour life to flight may owe;
than death loath thus to save my head.
that can befall me if I go,
Is I my
blood shall with the others shed:
But if on
me such mercy God bestow,
remain alive, the giant dead,
thousands shall I make the ways;
So that the
greater good the risque o'erpays.
peril but the single life of one
safety of the countless rest."
then in peace," (the other said). "my son,
And to thy
succour, form among the blest,
dispatch the Archangel Michael down."
-- And him,
with that, the simple hermit blest.
pricks along Nile's rosy strand,
More in his
horn confiding than his brand.
mighty river and the fen,
A path upon
the sandy shore doth lie,
the giant's solitary den
from converse with humanity.
heads and naked limbs of men
the victims of his cruelty.
battlements was not, whence strung
be seen some wretched prisoner hung.
hill-farm or castle, fenced with moat,
mindful what his dangers were,
on his door the shaggy coat
paws and monstrous head of bear;
the giant those of greatest note,
thither brought, had perished in his snare.
of countless others wide were spread,
ditch with human blood was red.
was standing at the gate
(For so was
the despiteous monster hight);
his house with corpses, as for state
with cloth of gold and scarlet dight.
contained himself for joy, so great
pleasure, when the duke appeared in sight;
two months complete, a third was near,
that road had past a cavalier.
marish, where green rushes grow,
intending from that covert blind
on his unsuspecting foe,
on the cavalier behind:
For him to
drive into the net, below
the griesly giant had designed;
trapt he had been wont to see,
thither by their evil destiny.
the wary paladin espied,
his courser, not without great heed,
into the covert snare might tide,
of this by the good hermit's rede.
Here to his
horn for succour he applied,
its wonted virtue in this need:
the giant's heart with such affright,
turned back, and homeward fled outright.
blew, still watchful of surprise,
see the engine sprung: fast flew
-- as if heart as well as eyes
had lost, -- nor whitherward he knew:
Such is his
fear, he kens not as he flies,
How is own
covert mischief to eschew:
into the net, which closing round,
wretch, and drags him to the ground.
who beholds his bulky prey
bodily, drives thither at full speed,
himself, and, bent -- to make him pay
of slaughtered thousands -- quits his steed.
deems a helpless wight to slay
were, but rather foul misdeed:
arms, neck, and feet, so closely tied,
not shake himself, the warrior spied.
thread of steel had Vulcan wrought
The net of
old, and with such cunning pain,
He, who to
break its weakest mesh had sought,
bestowed his time and toil in vain.
It was with
this he Mars and Venus caught,
and feet, were fettered by the chain:
Nor did the
jealous husband weave the thread
but to surprise that pair in bed.
from the smith conveyed the prize,
take young Chloris in the snare;
Chloris, who behind Aurora flies,
At rise of sun,
through fields of liquid air,
her gathered garment, through the skies,
the violet, rose, and lily fair.
He for this
nymph his toils so deftly set,
One day, in
air he took her with the net.
(it seems) was taken as she flew,
great Aethiop river meets the brine:
The net was
treasured in Canopus, through
ages, in Anubis' shrine.
thousand years, Caligorant drew
relict from the palace divine:
the net the impious thief returned,
the temple and the city burned,
He fixed it
here, beneath the sandy plain,
that all the travellers whom he chased
it, and the engine was with pain
ere it arms, and feet, and neck embraced.
the good Astolpho took a chain,
the gyve his hands behind him laced:
and breast he swaddled in such guise,
not loose himself; then let him rise.
other knots unfastening,
(For he was
turned more gentle than a maid)
as a show, the thief would bring,
borough-town, and farm conveyed;
The net as
well; than which no quainter thing
Was ever by
the file and hammer made.
like sumpter-nag he laid the load,
led, behind him, on his road.
and shield he gives alike to bear,
As to a
valet; hence proceeds the peer,
the fearful pilgrim every where,
Who joys to
think, henceforth his way is clear.
So far an
end does bold Astolpho fare,
He is to
Memphis' tombs already near, --
renowned for pyramids; in sight,
the populous Cairo opposite.
Ran all the
people in tumultuous tide,
To see him
drag the unmeasured wight along.
can it be," (each to his fellow cried)
one so weak could master one so strong?"
Astolpho put the press aside,
from every part their numbers throng;
admire him as a cavalier
worth, and make him goodly cheer.
was not such, as common cry
in our age that costly seat;
eighteen thousand districts ill supply
those who in her markets meet;
though the houses are three stories high,
forced to sleep in the open street;
the soldan has a palace there
wonderous size, and passing rich and fair;
(Christian renegadoes all)
fifteen thousand vassals, for his needs,
roof supplied with bower and stall,
and wives, and families, and steeds.
desired to see the river's fall,
And how far
Nile into the sea proceeds.
Damietta; where wayfaring wight,
was prisoner made or slain outright.
Nile's outlet there, beside his bed,
thief was sheltered in a tower,
native's and the stranger's dread,
to Cairo's gate the road to scower.
Him no one
could resist, and, it was said,
That man to
slay the felon had no power.
thousand wounds he had in strife
yet none could ever take his life.
To see if
he could break the thread which tied
life, upon his way the knight
forward, and to Damietta hied,
To find Orrilo,
so the thief was hight;
the river's outlet past, and spied
castle on the margin dight;
in which the enchanted demon lay,
of a hobgoblin and a fay.
Orrilo and two knights in mail
fierce strife: the two ill held their own
him; so Orrilo did assail
pair, although himself alone;
much either might in arms avail,
through the universal world had blown.
Oliviero's seed was either plant;
white, and sable Aquilant.
necromancer had this while (to say
with vantage on his side, begun
who brought a monster to the fray,
in those parts, and wont to won
under water, and to prey,
on human bodies; feeding on
mariners and travelling men, who fare,
impending danger, unaware.
monster, slaughtered by the brethren two,
sand beside the haven lies;
And hence no
wrong they to Orrilo do,
him together in this guise.
dismembered often and not slew:
Now he, --
because dismembered, -- ever dies;
replaces leg or hand like wax,
good faulchion from his body hacks.
Aquilant by turns divide,
Now to the
teeth, now breast, the enchanted wight.
fruitless blow Orrilo does deride,
two baffled warriors rage for spite.
Let him who
falling silver has espied
mercury by alchymists is hight)
and reunite each broken member,
tale, what he has seen remember.
thief's head be severed by the pair,
and staggers till he finds it; now
the nose or by the hair,
fastened to the neck, I know not how.
sometimes Gryphon takes, and whirled through air,
the stream; but bootless is the throw:
For like a
fish can fierce Orrilo swim;
with the head, regains the brim.
meetly clad in fair array,
was in black and one in white,
And who had
been the occasion of that fray,
Stood by to
gaze upon the cruel fight:
these was a benignant fay,
had nourished one and the other knight,
children; when the babes forlorn
the claws of two huge birds had torn.
Gismonda they had these conveyed,
Borne to a
distance from their native sky.
But more to
say were needless, since displaid
whole world has been their history.
author has the father's name mis-said;
another (how I know not, I)
Mistaking. Now this fearful strife the pair
waged at both the ladies' prayer.
was noon in the happy islands, day
vanished in this clime, displaced by night;
underneath the moon's uncertain ray,
ill-discerned, were all things hid from sight;
When to the
fort Orrilo took his way.
the sable sister and the white
pleased the furious battle to defer,
Till a new
sun should in the horizon stir.
who by their ensigns, and yet more
Had by the
sight of many a vigorous blow,
Aquilant long time before
greet the brethren was not slow:
who in the peer, victorious o'er
whom he led a captive, know
OF THE PARD, (so styled at court)
salute, with no less love resort.
to repose the warriors led
To a fair
palace near, their sumptuous seat:
issuing courtly squire and damsel sped,
lit torches in mid-way to meet.
goodly steeds they quit, there well bested,
their arms, and in a garden sweet
ready supper duly laid
where a refreshing fountain played.
bid bind the giant on the green,
by a strong and weighty chain
To a tough
oak, whose ancient trunk they ween
May well be
proof against a single strain;
by ten good serjeants overseen,
Lest he by
night get loose, and so the train
haply harm; while careless they
guard and unsuspecting lay.
abundant and most sumptuous board,
viands (its least pleasure) fraught,
topic for discourse afford
prowess, and the marvel wrought;
For head or
arm dissevered by the sword,
upon the recent wonder thought)
a dream to see him re-unite,
return more furious to the fight.
his book had found exprest
prescribed a remedy for spell)
How he who
of one hair deprived the pest
him in battle hope to quell:
plucked out or sheared, he from his breast
the felon's spirit would expell.
So says the
volume; but instructs not where,
so thickly set, to find the hair.
The duke no
less with hope of conquest glows
Than if the
palm he has already won;
As he that
hopes with small expense of blows
the hair, the wizard-wight undone.
he to the youthful pair propose
of that enterprize upon
take: Orrilo will he slay,
If the two
brethren nought the intent gainsay,
to him these yield the emprize,
toil will be bestowed in vain;
And now a
new Aurora climbs the skies,
his walls Orrilo on the plain
and the strife begins -- Orrilo plies
the duke the sword; he 'mid a rain
would from the body at one blow
spirit of the enchanted foe:
with the mace he lops the fist;
this arm, now the other falls to ground;
he cleaves the corslet's iron twist,
piecemeal shares and maims the felon round.
re-unites the portions missed,
the champagne, and again is sound:
into a hundred fragments hewed,
sees him, in a thought, renewed.
thousand blows, Astolpho sped
above the shoulders and below
which lopt away both helm and head:
the duke less swiftly than his foe.
the hair defiled with gore and red,
a moment on his horse, and lo!
it along Nile's margin hies,
So that the
thief cannot retake the prize.
who had not marked the warrior's feat,
searching in the dust to find his head;
But when he
heard the charger in retreat,
the forest with the plunder fled,
quickly into his own courser's seat,
pursuit of bold Astolpho sped.
Orrilo shouted "Hola! stay!"
the duke had borne his mouth away:
Astolpho had not in like guise
his heels, pursues with flowing rein.
Rabican, who marvellously flies,
by a mighty length of plain.
the wizard's head Astolpho eyes
to front, above the eyebrows twain,
in haste, if he the hair can see
innumerable locks, no hair
crisper than the rest was seen.
should good Astolpho, in his care
To slay the
thief, so many choose between?
them all (he said) it better were."
he scissors lacked and razor keen,
these, resorted to his glaive,
so well, it might be said to shave.
holding, by the nose, the severed head,
it all, behind and eke before.
among the rest, the fatal thread.
became the visage, changing sore,
its eyes, and signals sore and dread
Of the last
agony of nature wore;
headless body seated in the sell,
its last, and from the courser fell.
returns where he the champions two
had left, the trophy in his hand,
manifests of death the tokens true;
the distant body on the sand.
I know not
if they this with pleasure view,
they welcome with demeanour bland:
intercepted victory might pain
inflict upon the envying twain.
Nor do I
think that either gentle fay
pleasure could that battle's issue see:
kind dames, because they would delay
fate which shortly was to be
the brethren's lot, had in that fray
Orrilo matched the warriors free;
And so to
occupy the pair had cast,
sad influence of the skies were past.
When to the
castellan was certified
Damietta, that the thief was dead,
He loosed a
carrier pigeon, having tied
wing a letter by a thread.
She went to
Cairo; and, to scatter wide
another from that town was sped
the usage there); so, Egypt through,
In a few
hours the joyful tidings flew.
As he had
brought the adventure to an end,
now sought the noble youths to stir,
themselves that way their wishes tend,
Nor they to
whet that purpose need the spur)
the Church from outrage to defend,
of Charles, the Roman Emperor,
to war upon that Eastern strand,
seek honour in their native land.
Aquilant thus bid adieu,
One and the
other, to his lady fair;
it sorely troubled them, ill knew
resist the wishes of the pair.
together with the warlike two,
the right, resolved to worship, where
God erst incarnate
dwelt, the holy places,
Ere he to
cherished France his way retraces.
warriors to the left-hand might incline,
and more full of pleasant cheer,
along the sea extends their line;
the right-hand path, abrupt and drear;
chief city of all Palestine,
days' journey, is, through this, more near.
is along this rugged track,
all other needful matters lack.
before they enter on their road,
All that is
needful they collect, and lay
giant's back the bulky load,
Who could a
tower upon his neck convey.
Land a mountain-summit showed,
finishing their rough and salvage way;
HEAVENLY LOVE a willing offering stood,
away our errors with his blood.
the entrance of the city, view
stripling; and in him the three
Sansonet of Mecca, who
youth's flower, for sovereign chivalry,
goodness, famed the country through,
beyond his years: from paganry
by Orlando to the truth,
with his own hands, baptized the youth.
there a fortilage, in front
caliph they the warrior found;
And with a
wall two miles in length, the mount
intending to surround.
with such a countenance, as is wont
To be of
inward love the surest ground,
conducted to his royal home,
all comfort, harboured in the dome.
the sainted land he swayed,
on him by Charlemagne, in trust,
To him the
English duke a present made
Of that so
sturdy and unmeasured beast,
That it ten
draught horse burdens had conveyed;
monstrous was the giant, and next gave
The net, in
which he took the unwieldy slave.
quittance, Sansonet, his sword to bear,
Gave a rich
girdle to Astolpho bold,
for either heel, a costly pair,
and with rowels made of gold;
('twas believed) the warrior's relicts were,
the damsel from that dragon old;
which Sir Sansonet, with many more,
when he took the city, bore
their errors in a monastery,
the odour of good works upwent,
Christ's passion every mystery
through all the churches went;
to our eternal infamy,
usurp; what time on strife intent,
rings with arms and martial deeds,
And war is
everywhere but where it needs.
the warlike three devoutly sought,
pardon and on pious lore,
pilgrim, known to Gryphon, brought
which ill the afflicted champion bore,
long-cherished vow and former thought,
foreign, too remote; and these so sore
his troubled breast, and bred such care,
turned aside his mind from prayer.
misfortune, one of lovely feature
worshipped, Origilla hight.
visage and of better stature,
among a thousand meets the sight:
faithless, and of such an evil nature,
mightst town and city search outright,
continent and island, far and near,
as I think, wouldst find her peer.
Constantine's imperial city, burned
fierce fever, he had left the fair;
to find her, to that place returned,
than ever; and enjoy her there.
But she to
Antioch (as the warrior learned)
another leman made repair;
while such fresh youth was yet her own,
a thing to brook -- to sleep alone.
Gryphon, from the time he heard the news
evermore bemoaned him, day or night:
pleasure other wight pursues
the more to vex his troubled sprite.
reflect, who to his mischief woos,
tempered are Love's darts of might,
heavier than all ills, the torment fell,
In that he
was ashamed his grief to tell.
that Aquilant had oft before
him for the passion which he nursed,
to banish her from his heart's core;
-- Her, who
of all bad women is the worst,
had censured, in his wiser lore,
If by his
brother Aquilant accurst,
Gryphon, in his partial love, excuses,
self-conceit our sense abuses.
therefore is his purpose, without say
Aquilant, alone to take the quest
As far as
Antioch, and bear her away,
borne off his heart-core from his breast:
him, who had made the dame his prey,
such vengeance of him, ere he rest,
for aye be told. My next will
effected this, and what befell.